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10 Awesome Things To Do In Melbourne This Weekend

By Rick Stephens
13th Feb 2020

Love is certainly in the air this weekend, especially if you love boozy outdoor events. Pooches & Prosecco is here, which is exactly what you think it is, followed by a huge gin festival down by Docklands. Those fasting over Feb can expect a rollerskate date, A throwback to live music masters The Cat Empire and an outdoor cinema at the MCG. 

All Weekend

Pooches & Prosecco

The annual Pooches & Prosecco returns, and this time over two days. Plenty of tastings to go around for you and your furry friends from the likes of Scotchman’s Hill Wines and Wally’s Dog Cafe. The event also provides an opportunity potential proud pet owners to adopt, with Second Chance Animal Rescue Inc. and Gumtree Greys dropping in and providing an opportunity to meet your new best mate.

What: Pooches & Prosecco
Where: The Ascot Lot, 448-466 Mount Alexander Road, Ascot Lot
When: Saturday 15 February to Sunday 15 February
For more information,
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Peter Gilliland | Spent

Australian artist Peter Gilliland is showing his latest works at Brunswick Street Gallery from Friday 14 February to Sunday 1 March. The show, titled Spent, explores the relationship between humans and hunted animals, with much of the inspiration coming from Gilliland’s youth in country Victoria. Through the paintings, Spent also touches on climate change through depictions of our planet and the declining natural habitats.

What: Peter Gilliland | Spent
Where: Brunswick Street Gallery, Level 1 and 2/322 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
When Friday 14 February to Sunday 1 March
For more information,
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Zoo Twilights | The Cat Empire

Veterans of good times, Cat Empire are playing three shows for the Zoo Twilights series over the weekend, and they’ll be supported by Queensland Music award-winner Emily Wurramara along with interim DJ sets from bonafide party-starter and DJ, Ms Rizk. Seems like a no-brainer if you haven’t sorted out Valentine’s Day plans.

What: Zoo Twilights featuring The Cat Empire
Where: Melbourne Zoo, Elliott Avenue, Parkville
When: Friday 14 February, Saturday 15 February and Sunday 16 February
For more information,
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Skate & Date

If you’re reading this, there’s a fair chance you’re still getting around to sorting out Valentine’s Day. Bet you didn’t consider fish & chips followed by a spot of rollerskating along St Kilda’s foreshore. Well, Roller Bae and Paper Fish are making it possible to impress bae without breaking the bank. There are Valentine’s day specials happening from Friday arvo until Monday—don’t forget your kneepads. 

What: Skate & Date
Where: Paper Fish and Roller Bae, Jacka Boulevard, St Kilda
When: Friday 14 February to Monday 17 February
For more information,
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Cinema At The ‘G

There’s an outdoor cinema on pretty much every patch of grass in Melbourne these days, and as far as patches of grass go, you can’t really overlook the MCG. For two nights only, Cinema At The ‘G returns with a screening of Rocketman on Friday, and Ride Like A Girl on Saturday. There are several ticket options that range from general admission to best on ground—hit the link for more details.

What: Cinema At The ‘G
Where: MCG, Brunton Avenue, Richmond
When: Friday 14 February and Saturday 16 February
For more information,
click here.

Greygoose Riviera Rooftop

Captain Baxter is being transformed into a French riviera rooftop courtesy of Greygoose because, well, why not. It kicks off this Friday with exclusive cocktails, a seafood-focussed menu along with a notoriously ‘grammable seaside swing, beach umbrellas, deck chairs and free games of pétanque—hint, if you’re dating a date on Valentine’s Day, just let them win.

What: Greygoose Riviera Rooftop
Jacka Boulevard, St Kilda
When: Friday 14 February to Monday 9 March
For more information,
click here.

Friday 14 February

AFLW Round Two

It may be Valentine’s Day, but there’ll be no love lost on the field when The Demons take on The Bulldogs at Whitten Oval. With only a single point in the game when the two teams face each other last year, The Bulldogs will no doubt be hungry for the win this time around. As with most AFLW games, entry is free.

What: AFLW Round Two
Where: Whitten Oval, 417 Barkly Street, Footscray
When: Friday 14 February
For more information,
click here.

Date To Donate

Date To Donate is giving you a reason to feel good about yourself this Friday, even if your date is a complete flop. Take that special someone from Tinder, show the bar your match and the online dating behemoth will donate the same amount to Firesticks Alliance Indigenous Corporation. It’s happening at several venues across Melbourne including The College Lawn, The Provincial and Trinket. For your swiping efforts, you’ll also score a $25 drink card.

What: Date To Donate
Where: Various venues across Melbourne
When: Friday 14 February
For more information,
click here.

Saturday 15 February


Sip your Saturday away at Juniperlooza. Australia’s very first Gin Festival is back for its fifth year. Australian and International Gin Producers will be showcasing a range of premium drinks, mixers and tonics. Juniperlooza’s official tonic of 2020 is Strange Love, and we suggest you try their salted grapefruit blend with at least one of the producers on show.

What: Juniperlooza
Where: 23 South Wharf Promenade, South Wharf
When: Saturday 15 February
For more information, click here.

Sunday 16 February

Yarraville Festival

The suburb Yarraville is throwing a huge party this weekend. Entry is free, and the celebrations will cover the community and the creativity within it. The festival attracts around 25,000 people and champions the diversity of the area through the arts, live performance and food.

What: Yarraville Festival
Where: Anderson Street, Yarraville
When: Sunday 16 February
For more information,
click here.

See what else Melbourne has to offer at our Things To Do section.

Image credit: Griffin Simm

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